On March 8—International Women’s Day— Mercer and ReFrame convened over 100 Holywood leaders from across television, film and publishing to launch When Women Thrive in Media and Entertainment. Together we unpacked the key gender and diversity issues facing the industry and committed to advancing the solutions focused on:
· Cultivating trust, particularly in an industry so rocked by trauma
· Advancing the case for gender equity—aligning on societal and business imperative
· Removing biases in the hiring and promotion of talent
· Addressing the unique wellness barriers to thriving
· Employing data to diagnose and address systemic barriers
· Collaborating with men as equal partners
· Using technology as an enabler of change
The day was anchored in conversations lead by Pam Jeffords and Pat Milligan from Mercer, Keri Putnam from Sundance Institute, Dr. Stacy Smith from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Cathy Schulman from Women In Film, and Academy Award nominated film producer Amy Ziering. Participants were also immersed in experiential learning workshops facilitated by experts pioneering solutions that address gender discrimination and bring equality to all.
In advance of our launch event, we had the opportunity to interview ReFrame Ambassador and Founder of the Black List, Franklin Leonard. The Black List is a yearly publication featuring Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays. The network of script writers, buyers, and representatives are committed to breaking down barriers and making it easier for those in the industry connect. Listen to the interview to learn more about the vision and work to change the trajectory for women and under-represented groups in television and film.
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